Event Organiser: ICE

The biggest challenge facing our cities, Derby


  • Lecture
  • Derby
  • 30 January 2019
  • 18:00 - 21:00
'Liveable Cities’ explores both urbanisation and population growth challenges to our cities.

About this event

This is the first of four episodes of the 'Liveable Cities' programme: looking at how our cities have evolved and the urbanisation challenges facing society.

Key questions throughout the programme, which will be introduced in this episode, are:
  • How do we meet the needs of a growing urban population?
  • How liveable are our city centres?
With respect to design and engineering:
  • What would cities look like if they were designed by you?
Our speaker for the evening will be Professor Chris Rogers who researches urban sustainability, resilience and liveability, and has a particular interest in far-distant city futures.

Refreshments will be served between 18:00 and 18:30 with the main event starting at 18:30.


Professor Chris Rogers Eur Ing, BSc, PhD, CEng, MICE, MIHT

Chris Rogers is a Professor of Geotechnical Engineering in the School of Engineering at the University of Birmingham.  He researches urban sustainability, resilience and liveability, and has a particular interest in far-distant city futures.  Alongside his cities research portfolio, he also researches infrastructure systems, with a particular focus on buried infrastructure, utility services, use of underground space and infrastructure systems’ interdependencies, following a history of research in pipelines, roads and trenchless technologies.  He leads EPSRC’s £10m Mapping and Assessing the Underworld programme, alongside a £10m programme on future cities, notably the Urban Futures and Liveable Cities consortium grants exploring how future cities might deliver urban resilience and liveability respectively. He is currently a member of a research consortium that is exploring the use of robots for street works.  

He chairs the Research, Development & Innovation towards Engineering Excellence Panel and the Futures Group at the Institution of Civil Engineers, was a member of the UK Government Foresight Future of Cities Lead Expert Group and now is a central figure in UKCRIC – the UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities.  He leads the development of the new £27.6m UKCRIC National Buried Infrastructure Facility at Birmingham and PLEXUS – a pump-priming grant that combines all eleven of UKCRIC’s new laboratories – and he serves as the Director of Research Integration of UKCRIC’s Coordination Node.

Dr Rick Robinson

Dr. Rick Robinson is the Leader of Arup’s Digital Property and Cities business. He advises cities, infrastructure operators, property developers and investors on the use of technology to improve buildings, infrastructure, places, communities and business and organisational performance. Previously, he was Director of Technology for Amey, where he was responsible for driving advances in digital technology into public services and infrastructure that are used by about 1 in 4 people in the UK every day, and before that he was Executive Architect for Smarter Cities for IBM. Rick collaborates with a network of technology entrepreneurs, Universities and social institutions to explore innovations in digital technology, and has advised the UK Government and United Nations on their impact on the built environment, economy, communities and society. Rick is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Fellow of the RSA, a member of the Academy of Urbanism, a member of the Boards of Innovation Birmingham and Innovation West Midlands. He founded and chairs the Birmingham Smart City Alliance. Rick writes about his work at http://theurbantechnologist.com/ and you can connect with him on Twitter as @dr_rick.

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